JOHAN WEIGEL  TENOR

ABOUT

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My voice is best described as a lyric heldentenor with an equal mix of sweetness, sincerity and power. Due to my Scandinavian timbre, my voice reminds many listeners of Jussi Björling.  


I was born in the Swedish city of Västerås and started singing in a children's choir at eight years of age. At this point I also got my first music training by playing the cello, the piano and the mandolin.

In my teens my musical interest took a turn into quite different genres like Rock, Pop and even Thrash Metal. I started singing and playing the electric guitar in different Rock bands. In my quest to improve my rock singing technique I enrolled at Dalarö Fine Arts School outside of Stockholm where, instead, I found my classical singing voice, however as a baritone. A year later I enrolled at Malmö Conservatory majoring in voice performance, hell bent on becoming an opera singer.


During my studies at Malmö Conservatory it became clear that I was a tenor and that I now had lots of relearning to do. Upon finishing my Bachelor's degree in Malmö I enrolled at Indiana University, Bloomington to study with James King. At IU I also became a Max Kade fellow in the department of Germanic studies.


My first professional engagement was in 2001 at the National Theater in Weimar where I sang roles like Tamino in the Magic Flute and Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor.  I also made my debut at the State opera in Stuttgart as Pollione in Bellini's Norma.


The following season I moved to Vienna where I became an ensemble member at the Volksoper. Here I had the opportunity to expand my repertoire with leading roles in famous operettas like Tassilo in Gräfin Mariza and the title role in Der Zarewitsch.


Between 2003 and 2006 I was a member of the ensemble in Stuttgart where I continued singing Pollione and added roles like David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Narraboth in Salome and Cassio in Otello to my repertoire.


Directly after I left Stuttgart and embarked on my freelance career I sang Matteo to Nina Stemme's Arabella at the Opera in Gothenburg. The following year I sang the same role again in Zurich under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst with Rene Fleming in the title role.


My career has taken me to Haifa in Israel, NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Japan, Palais Garnier in Paris and many opera houses throughout Europe.